Final Fantasy XIV is getting a brand new NieR Automata-themed patch featuring new gear, a new dungeon, new game+, and the Fellowship.
In a brand new patch notes post from the Final Fantasy XIV official website, we learn more about the upcoming post-Shadowbringers expansion update. The 5.1 patch, titled “Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty,” is an alliance raid collaboration based on NieR Automata that takes place after the conclusion of the previous campaign.
This update features new gear, a brand new dungeon called the Grand Cosmos, a new feature called Fellowship, and New Game Plus. The Grand Cosmos, according to the official description:
Long ago, on the far shore of the Source, a great palace was built by the elves─the Grand Cosmos, an edifice of such magnitude it was said to inspire envy in both the heavens for which it was named and the flowers that pervade its boundless gardens. As with so many wonders of the world that once was, its radiance quickly faded in the wake of the Flood, its halls falling silent, the throne sitting empty. That is, until the palace was given new purpose when a mage claimed it as their sanctuary, their only company being solace, solitude, and the legion of familiars barring entrance to any foolish enough to seek an audience.
Fellowships are a new way for players with common interests to join with each other. You can join up to ten fellowships on your data center, or make your own and invite up to 1,000 players. Use them to announce community events, recruit for raids and dungeons, relay information to track down elite marks, and more.
New Game Plus lets you revisit previously completed quests, cutscenes, dialogue, and battles not found in the Unending Journey, all while keeping your current character and level. Patch 5.1 includes the main scenario quests for Heavensward, Stormblood, and Shadowbringers. A Realm Reborn content isn’t available at this time, as the team has plans to revisit and trim some of the quest chains for a better experience.
Check out the new screenshots below showcasing some of the content that’ll be on the way. And stay tuned for the next Letter from the Producer Live broadcast that will go live on October 18th.
Meanwhile, be sure to check out our official review of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers here, as well as our E3 2019 interview with Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida here. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is available now for PS4 and PC.
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